Erin McCauley, PhD, MEd, MA

Assistant Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of criminal legal involvement for individuals and families. More specifically, my research agenda falls into three core areas. First, I study the intergenerational consequences of incarceration for children's health and education. Second, I study how criminal legal involvement acts as an important socio-structural determinant of health. Third, I study the intersection of race and disability in institutional settings, with an eye toward understanding the reciprocal relationship between social marginalization and institutionalization. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, and Policy Research Associates, among others, and has been featured in the American Journal of Public Health, Demography, Social Science and Medicine, and the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. I am currently funded by a K01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


A Call to Action to Public Health Institutions and Teaching to Incorporate Mass Incarceration as a Sociostructural Determinant of Health.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

McCauley EJ, LeMasters K, Behne MF, Brinkley-Rubinstein L

COVID-19 cases and testing in 53 prison systems.

Health & justice

Lemasters K, McCauley E, Nowotny K, Brinkley-Rubinstein L

Criminal justice continuum for opioid users at risk of overdose.

Addictive behaviors

Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Zaller N, Martino S, Cloud DH, McCauley E, Heise A, Seal D

Exploring Healthcare Experiences for Incarcerated Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in a Southern Jail.

Transgender health

McCauley E, Eckstrand K, Desta B, Bouvier B, Brockmann B, Brinkley-Rubinstein L